knight of the whistle, Bakary Papa Gassama of the Gambia, will be reappearing
at the FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama.
The reigning CAF referee of the year is one of two referees appointed from the continent, Zambia’s Janny Sikazwe the second making the list for this year’s tournament.
This year’s edition kicks off later on Thursday when host Kashima Antlers face Auckland City of New Zealand.
An important piece of history will be made at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 with video assistance being used to support referees with “match-changing” decisions for the first time in a FIFA competition.
“This represents a big step forward in terms of testing the technology,” says Marco van Basten, FIFA’s Chief Officer Technical Development.
The tournament will also feature first timers Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and European giants Real Madrid.
Six referee trios, one from each confederation, will officiate the matches.